Best Psalms for Meditation

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“As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s Word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him” —Psalm 18:30.

Best Psalms for deep Meditation and divine Understanding:

What is Christian Meditation? Christian Meditation is incredibly powerful and important in the life of a believer. In fact, meditation is mentioned more than 30 times throughout Scripture — 19 of which are mentioned in the Book of Psalms alone. In short, Christian Meditation is a form of prayer that helps the faithful become more aware of and reflect upon the revelations of God. Scripture often relates meditation in combination with obedience. A good example of this is in the Book of Joshua: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” (1:8).

While most other ideologies practice meditation for the intention of individual growth and strength, Christian meditation is performed (and encouraged) in order to deepen one’s relationship with God. And truthfully speaking, in the end, what is more important than that?

For the best and most effective experience meditating, we recommend finding a quiet place where you can sit comfortably and completely clear your mind. Begin by offering up a small prayer of gratitude and praise to the Lord. Then, read through the following Best Psalms for Meditation. Out of those passages, choose which one’s speak loudest and most intimately to you. After you’ve picked out your preferred verse(s), slowly read them over several times. Roll the divine Words around in your mind so that what they mean to you becomes clear: What are they saying to you specifically? As you do this, listen for the Holy Spirit. Pay attention to where He leads your thoughts and your heart. Every meditative experience will be different so try to keep your mind clear of distractions. Immerse yourself in this precious one-on-one time with God and, as the say, “Let go and let God!”

As soon as you feel relaxed and ready, let’s begin:  

Best Psalms for Meditation

Psalm 91:14-16

“Because he loves Me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges My Name.
He will call on Me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him My salvation.”

For Meditation: According to this passage, reflect on why God is protecting you, and what He will do for you

Psalm 139:1-6

You have searched me, Lord,
    and You know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    You, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and You lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

For Meditation: Reflect on how intimately God knows you

Psalm 9:9-10

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know Your Name trust in you,
    for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

For Meditation: Who is God for those who know, trust and seek Him?

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the Law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on His Law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

For Meditation: According to this passage, who will be blessed?

Psalm 16:7-8

I will praise the Lord, Who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

For Meditation: According to this passage, what must you do in order to be counseled and not shaken?

Psalm 23:1-4

The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
     He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for His Name’s sake.
 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
    they comfort me.

For Meditation: With the Lord as your Shepherd, what are you granted?

Psalm 27:1, 5, 14

The Lord is my Light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?
For in the day of trouble
    He will keep me safe in His dwelling;
He will hide me in the shelter of His sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.

For Meditation: Who is the Lord to you? What will He do for you? What must you do for Him?

Psalm 34:17-18

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    He delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

For Meditation: Who does the Lord hear? Who is He close to?

Psalm 30:1-2

I will exalt you, Lord,
    for You lifted me out of the depths
    and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
Lord my God, I called to You for help,
    and You healed me.

For Meditation: What will the Lord do for you when you cry for help? What should you do in return?

Psalm 51:10-12

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from Your presence
    or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
    and grant me a willing Spirit, to sustain me.

For Meditation: How should you pray? What should you pray for?

Psalm 119:1-5

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
    who walk according to the Law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep His statutes
    and seek Him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
    but follow His ways.
You [Lord] have laid down precepts
    that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
    in obeying [all] Your decrees!

For Meditation: According to this passage, who is blessed?

Psalm 62:1-2

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from Him [alone].
Truly He is my Rock and my salvation;
    He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

For Meditation: Who is the Lord to you? What does that mean?

Anytime you’re feeling in need of more God — perhaps a deeper understanding of where He may be leading you — turn to these Psalms again and again. Every time you do, God will speak to you in a different way; sharing thoughts and ideas with you that you had not been privy too prior. Most importantly, cherish the precious time you spend being near Him, prayerfully meditating on His Word.

“The Law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous” –Psalm 19:7-9.

1 comment on “Best Psalms for Meditation

  1. This is an incredibly helpful compilation. It’s a virtual HOW TO for Christian meditation. 💪

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